AGARTALA, Sept 5 - Sabroom�s Srinagar and Bishalgarh�s Kamalsagar border haats in Tripura have been making a mark in the bilateral trade with neighbouring Bangladesh over the past few months.
The trade volume in both border haats has stood at Rs 3.49 crore since January 13 this year, reflecting people�s participation in the concept aimed at fulfillment of local demands, according to a report released by Industries and Commerce department here on Friday.
Reports say, �As on 21.07.2015, the trade volume at Srinagar border haat has stood at Rs 2.59 crore since January 13. Out of this, Rs 1.86 crore is Indian goods while Rs 0.73 crore is Bangladeshi goods.�
A total trade of about Rs 1 crore has been registered at Kamalasagar border haat since June 11 to August 20, out of which Rs 78 lakh is Indian goods while Rs 22 lakh Bangladeshi goods were sold there.
However, border people want fish should be included in the list of commodities to be sold in the border haats. �If this happens, trade volume will go up substantially�, said a border trader.
Encouraged by the trend, the Centre has communicated the pillar locations for Kamalapur border haat in Dhalai district and Raghna border haat in North district but the same has not been done by the Bangladesh side yet. Committees have been constituted under the chairmanship of concerned ADMs and the committees would finalise the exact location in consultation with their counterpart in Bangladesh, said a senior official of Industries and Commerce department.
The Centre had already approved a proposal to establish border haats at Kamalpur at a cost of Rs 2.88 crore and at Raghna at a project cost of Rs 2.92 crore to boost the bilateral trade with Bangladesh.